Monday, May 14, 2012

Gay Marriage

I know we're all sick of hearing it. And more than likely the opinion you have on gay marriage is not going to change from my measly blog post. We've seen the Facebook rants, we've seen the twitter vents, but our minds are set. I don't care though, I really feel like it's important to explain why gay marriage should be made legal. 

This idea of saving the sanctity of marriage is ridiculous. FACT: Fifty percent of all marriages in America lead to divorce. There is no 'sanctity' of marriage anymore. Too many people get married for the wrong reasons. "Sanctity" is defined as holiness, or sacredness. Not enough people hold their marriages to that standard. So, using this concept, 'sanctity of marriage' is whatever the married persons hold it up to be. I'm sick of hearing Christians defend the institution of marriage when there is so much to fix within themselves. 

Jesus called us to love one another. Not to judge. It's embarrassing to me that so many of my fellow Christian friends are pointing fingers, blaming the left wing, and telling those that don't believe in the same beliefs that they are wrong. Or better yet, that these "wrong doers" don't deserve the same American rights as them. It's ridiculous and completely not what Jesus would do. Christians are basing their lives more on Leave it to Beaver than what Jesus really called for them to do/be. 

We should take note of the fact that when Jesus described what it will take to get to heaven, he did not mention sex at all. In "The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats," Jesus says that when he returns again, all the nations of the earth will be gathered before him, and he will begin separating the good from the bad, the righteous from the unrighteous (see Matthew 25:31-46). One thing he will not say is, "You worked hard to keep gays from getting married. Welcome to Heaven!" But you will hear, "I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me." Gays are not mentioned anywhere. Jesus surely cared less about gay sex than the amount of North Carolina voters. 

Whatever Christians think they won when they denied civil marriage (and civil unions) to gay people on May 8 came at too high of a price! Denying civil rights to others in the name of Christian love has damaged our witness, alienated millions and done nothing to address the real threats to marriage: the lack of time, and the lack of  giving any sort of energy and material resources to nurture the bonds of love. If the church is faithful to God, then their political action should focus on what God is all about- Love.

And now look at these awesome protest signs. So hilarious. 

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